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The Orphanage

This Spanish import is a chilly exercise in psychological ghost stories. Comparisons to producer Guillermo del Toro's own The Devil's Backbone and to Alejandro Amenábar's The Others abound. Belén Rueda (The Sea Inside) stars as a wife and mother who returns to the abandoned orphanage where she grew up in hopes of reopening it as a boarding school for handicapped children. Her altruistic ambitions run dry, however, when her troubled son starts conversing with a cabal of invisible friends. It's intelligently written and long on spooky atmosphere, but there are plenty of "jump out of your seat" moments. In Spanish with English subtitles. 100 minutes R.